Ballet Palm Beach celebrates its 14th season with highlighting classical and inventive works. On the performance calendar for the upcoming season are Giselle, The Nutcracker, Simple Symphony and Other Works, and Wonderland.
In 2001, Collen Smith began Ballet Palm Beach under the name Florida Classical Ballet. They performed only one ballet a year, The Nutcracker. Thrilling developments and invaluable staff members have given way to positive changes. Ballet Palm Beach is now comprised of fifteen dancers: six trainees and nine professionals.
Ballet Palm Beach will kick off the pre-season with a flash mob style ballet. Led by Artistic Director Collen Smith, the “flash ballet is a way to bring the art of ballet to the people of our community in a fun and fresh way!” The arts can be intimidating to some people. This art form, flash mob, makes it inclusive rather than exclusive.
The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County launched a fundraiser for local arts and cultural projects using the website www.power2give.org . They raised $10,000 in less than 24 hours. A portion of the funds will be used to compensate a performer in two productions for Ballet Palm Beach this upcoming season.
Their season begins Friday, October 24th and Sunday, October 26th with the romantic masterpiece, Giselle. Through superb classical dance and music by Adolphe Adam, Giselle offers the promise of young love and the tragedy of it slipping away. Performances are at the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College. Tickets begin at $15 and can be purchased online at www.balletpalmbeach.org or at the Eissey Campus Theatre Box Office (561.207.5900) four weeks prior to a performance.